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Ultra-Runner to Run 63 Marathons in 63 Days for Children with Incurable Disease
Date:8/31/2007

Stanford Scientists Will Monitor His Health to Help Ensure Success

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Starting Monday September 3rd at Disneyland, ultra-runner and endurance coach Tim Borland will run a full marathon each day for 63 consecutive days in 63 communities to bring attention to a deadly children's disease. His "A-T CureTour" -- a partnership with the non-profit A-T Children's Project -- will take him across the country, ending on Nov. 4 with the New York City marathon.

Borland's goal is to raise awareness and money for research that will benefit children with ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T), a rare genetic disease that has no cure. A-T causes the relentless loss of muscle control due to brain cell death; like four diseases in one, A-T combines symptoms of cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and cancer. Children with A-T have vibrant minds trapped inside of deteriorating bodies.

Borland says he was inspired to do the A-T CureTour by the children he's met with A-T, in particular his friend Cathryn Achilles, a 16-year-old with A- T from Hollister, Calif., whose spirit has been undaunted despite the debilitating and incurable disease she struggles with each day.

"When I first met Cathryn, I thought to myself, here is a teenage girl living with this terrible disease that has no cure," said Borland. "Her peers are out driving, playing sports, and dating, yet Cathryn is as happy a human being as you will find. That inspired me to do something."

Borland first began running in 1998 to lose the weight he had gained working in the food-service industry. Since then, he has completed 25 high- endurance racing events including marathons, a full Ironman triathlon, a 24- hour race and an ultra-marathon.

"The challenges I will face in running these marathons pale in comparison to those faced by the families who run the daily 'marathon' against A-T," Borland said.

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